‘It’s a loss of hope,’ say Punjabi celebs who stand in solidarity with the family of Sidhu Moosewala – The Tribune India

‘It’s a loss of hope,’ say Punjabi celebs who stand in solidarity with the family of Sidhu Moosewala – The Tribune India

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Updated At: Jun 07, 2022 01:01 PM (IST)
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Singer Sidhu Moosewala’s murder is being mourned by one and all. The fateful day of May 29 (295) has made dark cloud descend on the Punjabi industry. Be it films, shoots, songs or live shows, most events are put on pause till further notice. We take stock of this whole new self-lockdown situation.
Changing dates
Ammy Virk and Sonam Bajwa’s film Sher Bagga was supposed to release this Friday but director Jagdeep Sidhu and producer Ammy Virk decided to postpone it. The Saunkan Saunkne actor on Sunday posted a note followed by a picture of him with late singer Sidhu on his Instagram stories. The Sunday marked a week since Moosewala’s demise. Ammy wrote, “As a team, we are supposed to meet you all at your nearest theatres on June 10 to celebrate cinema. But due to extremely sad and unfortunate time, we are not in the state of mind to celebrate this art form. Therefore, we have postponed the release of #SherBagga.”
After Dakuaan Da Munda 2, actor Dev Karaoud’s another sequel Shareek 2, starring Jimmy Shergill, which was to release on June 24 is now also on hold. Even the trailer, which was to hit the screen on June 2, was pulled back.
Stop shooting
Director Jagdeep Sidhu has delayed the shooting of his upcoming film Moh. Sharing a video message while lighting candles for Moosewala, he said, “It’s not just that Sidhu has gone. With him something in all of us has gone too. It’s a loss of hope, dream, aspiration and inspiration that Sidhu’s image, success and work had given the youngsters and artistes of Punjab.”
However, the director feels everyone has their own way of expressing grief and one should not pass judgement at the industry people going by whether they are working or not. “While some of us can afford to postpone the shoots, it’s not the case with everyone. The artiste is no more and there’s nothing we can do to bring him back but we need to stop calling out people for doing or not doing things the way we want without knowing their story,” he adds.
Jagdeep has even requested everyone to plant trees for Moosewala, a banyan tree and for Deep Sidhu, a neem tree on World Enviornment Day and wrote hashtag #JusticeForSidhuMoosewala. Gippy Grewal, Smeep Kang and many others stopped shooting to show solidarity with Sidhu’s family in these tough times. Meanwhile, Mahi Mera Nikka Jeha starring Pukhraj Bhalla released last Friday but the actor says he was in no mood to promote the film after Sidhu’s murder news broke out.
No more lives
Many artistes like Ammy Virk, Babbu Maan, Gurdas Maan have cancelled their live shows, while Ranjit Bawa has postponed the release of his song. Ammy said, “It’s important to grieve, pay our last respect and process the loss. Getting back to work was hard for me and for everybody, the reason why we postponed our film, live shows and other shooting schedules and travel. This shook our soul. I am mourning my fellow artiste’s demise and so is the industry. Films, songs and live shows can wait. We all want justice but also want to show solidarity with the family. They have lost their only son. We are still too shaken to tell when we would resume work. And it’s the burden we all must carry until we live.”
Singer B Praak and artiste Parmish Verma also cancelled their upcoming India tour. Parmish also shared a story and wrote, “My heartfelt apologies to people of Raipur, @bollyboomindia India tour on 4th is also postponed. Please bear with us, until further announcements.”
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